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Same-sex couples need a Financial Adviser who understands them and the needs of their families

Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, regardless of who they love or how they identify

The road to anywhere meaningful does seem to take a while and this has been true for many in Australia's LGBTQIA+ Community.

  • On 1st August 2013, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 was amended to make discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status against the law.
  • On the 9th December 2017, the Marriage Act 1961 was amended to recognise marriage as 'the union of two people to the exclusion of all others voluntarily entered into for life.’

So now Marriage Equality is law in Australia, what do same-sex couples need to know when it comes to organising their shared financial lives together?

Read in this article

7 Financial decisions same-sex newlyweds need to make

While LGBTQI people are as diverse as the rest of the population, their shared experience of discrimination creates common financial issues. The problem doesn't lie with LGBTQI people, but with the attitudes and behaviours of the society around them.Download our free eGuide

  • Research shows LGBTQIA+ people have reduced access to both health services and relevant discrimination free, financial advice.
  • The constant pressure of dealing with the homophobia of others makes avoidance of getting detailed financial advice relatively common.

Unique problems faced by many LGBTQI+ couples

While not relevant for everyone, many couples report similar experiences.

  • Each partner may have differing levels of support from their own biological families
  • Each partner may have a different level of comfort about being out 
  • This imbalance can feel particularly uncomfortable when it comes to speaking with their biological family or considering speaking with a Financial Adviser
Almost half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination 1 Many never tell their financial adviser they have a same sex partner.

Good financial advice is about families, relationships and priorities

Not being able to talk about the needs of your same-sex partner or your family risks your quality of advice and its relevance to you.

  • Many LGBTQIA+ people understandably feel uncomfortable telling an unknown financial adviser they have a same-sex partner or discussing what the specific needs of their same-sex family are.
  • Many LGBTQIA+ people fear they may need to ‘come out’ during the financial interview process, then have to deal with the homophobia of others, then wonder if they'll receive less favourable treatment as a result.

There has to be a better way.

An uncomfortable truth about many financial advisers

While many financial advisers like to claim they ‘treat everyone the same’, this usually means they treat everyone as heterosexual.

Members of the broader LGBTQIA+ community don't need special treatment, but they do need access to relevant, high-quality financial advice that’s judgement and discrimination free.

Be the change you want to see in the world

So we made a detailed, free (and fabulous) educational eGuide designed especially for same-sex newlyweds called 7 Financial decisions same-sex newlyweds need to make

The eGuide covers the 7 key financial decisions every same-sex couple needs to make

  1. Learning how to budget as a couple
  2. Calculating your new joint financial net worth and credit history
  3. Financially protecting those who matter the most to you
  4. Getting your emergency support and estate planning documents finally sorted
  5. Deciding how you want to live financially as a couple for the next 12 months
  6. Starting to regularly talk about your family money matters as a couple
  7. Updating your beneficiary details in your life insurance and superannuation

We celebrate all families are different

Just as every new couple will need to learn new ways to navigate their shared financial journey together, so it’s just as important for same-sex couples to have their own Financial Adviser who understands them and their families.

This is why we created our free gift to the LGBTQI+ Community.

Available on Kindle

7 Financial Decisions Same-Sex Newlyweds Need To Make
A financial guide specifically designed for the LGBTQI Community
Written by: Drew Browne
Published by: Unusual Press
Date published: 03/20/2018
Edition: 1 edition
ISBN: 978-0-9923107-1-4
Available in Ebook

Data Source: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, note 7, p 46.

author pic drew browneDrew Browne is a specialty Financial Risk Advisor working with Small Business Owners & their Families, Dual Income Professional Couples, and diverse families. He's an award-winning writer, speaker, financial adviser and business strategy mentor. His business Sapience Financial Group is committed to using business solutions for good in the community. In 2015 he was certified as a B Corp., and in 2017 was recognised in the inaugural Australian National Businesses of Tomorrow Awards. Today he advises Small Business Owners and their families, on how to protect themselves, from their businesses.  He writes for successful Small Business Owners and Industry publications. You can read his Modern Small Business Leadership Blog here. You can connect with him on LinkedIn Any information provided is general advice only and we have not considered your personal circumstances. Before making any decision on the basis of this advice you should consider if the advice is appropriate for you based on your particular circumstance.

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